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Exercise Video

This beginner exercise is the first of a series of plank positions that you can do to exercise your entire core region. When doing planks, remember to maintain rhythmic breathing and to engage your core muscles by pulling your stomach towards your spine. When you can hold your plank for 30 seconds, you are ready to progress to a new plank variation!

Step By Step Instructions

Step 1

Lie on your stomach, with your elbows at your sides (close to your shoulders). Have your palms facing the ground.

 Step 2

Using your forearms and bending at your knees, lift your torso. The only parts of your body in contact with the mat should be your forearms, your knees, and your toes. Keep your back straight and your hips low and level. Hold the plank position for 5 seconds, and increase to 10 or more as able.